Felix gets a bronze on her farewell at world championships
Allyson Felix won her 19th and final medal in the world championships Friday night — a bronze she took after running the second leg of America’s 4x400-meters in the mixed relay that’s been touted as the last major race of the 36-year-old’s career.
Florida bill seeks to block trans athletes from girls teams
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Transgender women and girls couldn’t play on girls and women’s school sports teams under a bill passed by a Florida House committee on Wednesday. The bill, called the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, would require that anyone participating in girls and women's sports at the K-12 and college level be biologically eligible to do so. But Democrats slammed the proposal, calling it discriminatory against transgender girls and women. AdThe House Secondary Education & Career Development Subcommittee voted 13-4 to approve the bill, with all “no” votes cast by Democrats. The Florida bill has two more committee stops in the House.
Athlete power: Shut up and play' is tossed from the game
And to some, the odds seem greater, this time, that what the athletes are calling for might actually come to pass. We get paid to go out there and play and do our job. All this stands in stark contrast from the predominant attitude of athletes during Jordan's prime an attitude Jordan himself embodied. Among the more than four dozen Black athletes who are part of the cause are Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and Olympic champion sprinter Allyson Felix. Black athletes and celebrities have not been fully welding their power.
Track group calls for change of Olympic protest rule
The IOC earlier this year reiterated its support of the rule that restricts protests inside the lines at the games. But in the aftermath of protests that stemmed from George Floyd's killing in May, the committee said it would consider measures that would allow athletes to make stronger protests. Among the board members signing off on the statement are Allyson Felix, Christian Taylor, Emma Coburn, Shaunae Miller-Uibo and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Berry was an outspoken critic of the USOPC earlier this year when it made public shows of solidarity with Black athletes, suggesting the USOPC never reached out to her on the issue. The USOPC has formed an athletes' group to look into ways to combat racism, which could include calling for changes in the rule known as Rule 50.
Track and field adapts for storied meet held in 7 venues
(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)GENEVA In a track and field season almost entirely wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, athletes and organizers are setting new marks in creativity. On Thursday, the storied Weltklasse meet will broadcast near-live from Zurich in an ambitious mix of social distancing and technological innovation. If this is what the new normal is for this period then lets attack it full on, the reigning Olympic and world champion said. Simply running on an actual track surface Felix in California, Taylor in Florida will be different with training facilities closed during the pandemic. Four months in the planning, the most complete track meet of the outdoor season is not expected to be a template for the near future.